Kentuckians Could Have Trouble Flying in 2018
What's the old saying? "If God had wanted us to fly, he'd have given us wings?" Well, start prayin'. That might be necessary in 2018, if Kentuckians want to take to the friendly skies.
It seems Kentucky's driver's licenses are not compliant with the Real ID Act. What's more, the commonwealth has not been granted an extension for compliance, according to a report from WSAZ in Ashland.
In 13 months, unless something changes, you'll need to find a good vehicle rental and learn to embrace the road trip.
Now, in a month, on January 30, 2017, there are certain federal agencies Kentuckians will not be able to access with the current licenses.
John-Mark Hack, the commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation told WSAZ that these particular agencies, however, do not include Social Security offices, Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, federal courts houses, or locations where you would apply for federal benefits like Medicare.
Also, without the Real ID Act driver's licenses, Kentuckians will not be able to enter nuclear power plants starting January 30th of next year.
Of course, I don't know how many of you were planning on doing something like that, but now, at least, you know.
The idea behind the Real ID Act, according to the Transportation Security Administration, was to make the counterfeiting of driver's licenses much more difficult--and hopefully, impossible, in my opinion.
I'm all for security measures when it comes to air travel and I hope this can be worked out in due course.